An empty lot in the historic neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant is looking to be filled. The site at 514 Halsey Street has now seen two proposals by Kane Architecture and Urban Design. Their first proposal to the Landmark Preservation Commission was four months prior and was rejected. Today, we can reveal the redesigned site following the first hearing.
The most notable change comes to the height. It now rises 40 feet to the rooftop, a ten-foot drop. As a result of this, the site has been reduced in size by 1,200 square feet. The project will also lose the two outdoor terraces in the back, with that area becoming a part of the interior.
The original plan would have made all three units duplex apartments. The second unit drew the short straw, and it will now only occupy the whole of the second floor. The first unit has access to the backyard garden and a cellar that has outdoor access and natural lighting. The third unit occupies the third and fourth floors, and will be endowed with an outdoor terrace.
The design remained roughly identical. The façade is an asymmetrical interpretation of the typical masonry townhouses along the site’s block. As a result of the changes from the LPC, the structure now remains at the same level as its neighbors, retaining the aesthetic program.
New Jersey-based property owner Romel Salam is responsible for the development.
The site is currently vacant. The estimated completion date has not been announced.